Samuel Epstein

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Samuel Seymour Epstein (born April 13, 1926)[1] is a medical doctor, and currently professor emeritus of environmental and occupational health at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.[2] He is known for his contributions on avoidable causes of cancer, for which he was given the Right Livelihood Award in 1998.[3]


Epstein was born in England, in 1926, and emigrated to the United States in 1960. For ten years he held a position at the Children's Cancer Research Foundation and Harvard University; he then became a distinguished professor at Case Western Reserve University before moving to the University of Illinois in 1976.[4] In addition to 270 scientific articles, he has published 12 books, and has been active in publicizing claims on the carcinogenic properties of chlordane pesticides,[5] growth hormones in milk,[6] nitrosamines in bacon,[7] saccharin,[8] beverage preservatives,[9] and other food additives.[10] However, his work has attracted criticism from the U. S. Food and Drug Administration, which claimed that his book The Safe Shopper's Bible misleads consumers by labeling safe products as carcinogenic.[11] He is a strong critic of the American Cancer Society. His papers are held at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.[12]


  • Epstein, S. S.; Legator, M., eds. (1971), The Mutagenicity of Pesticides, Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press .
  • Epstein, S. S., ed. (1971), Drugs of Abuse—Genetic and Other Chronic Non-Psychiatric Hazards, Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press .
  • Epstein, S. S.; Grundy, D., eds. (1974), The Legislation of Product Safety. Consumer Health and Product Hazards. Vol. I. Chemicals, Electronic Products, Radiation, Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press . Vol. II. Cosmetics and Drugs, Pesticides, Food Additives, MIT Press, 1976.
  • Epstein, S. S. (1978), The Politics of Cancer, San Francisco: Sierra Club Books . Abridged Japanese translation, 1978. Revised and expanded edition, Anchor/Doubleday Press, New York, 1979. The Politics of Cancer, Revisited, East Ridge Press, Fremont Center, N.Y., 1998.
  • Epstein, S. S.; Pope, C.; Brown, L. (1982), Hazardous Waste in America, San Francisco: Sierra Club Books .
  • Doyal, L.; Epstein, S. S. (1983), Cancer in Britain: The Politics of Prevention, London: Pluto Press .
  • Steinman, D.; Epstein, S. S. (1995), The Safe Shoppers' Bible, New York: Macmillan Publishing Company .
  • Epstein, S. S.; Steinman, D. (1997), The Breast Cancer Prevention Program, New York: Macmillan Publishing Company . 2nd ed. (with Levert), Macmillan, 1998.
  • Epstein, S. S. (2001), Got (Genetically Engineered) Milk! The Monsanto Milk Wars Handbook (E-book), New York: Seven Stories Press .
  • Epstein, S. S. (2001), Unreasonable Risk. How to Avoid Cancer from Cosmetics and Personal Care Products, Environmental Toxicology . 2nd ed., Environmental Toxicology, 2005. Japanese ed., Lyon-sha Publishing, 2006.
  • Epstein, S. S. (2005), Cancer-Gate: How to Win the Losing Cancer War, Baywood Publishing .
  • Epstein, S. S. (2006), What’s In Your Milk?, Trafford Publishing .
  • Epstein, S. S. (2009), Toxic Beauty, BenBella Books .
  • Epstein, S. S. (2011), NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE and AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY: Criminal Indifference to Cancer Prevention and Conflicts of Interest, Xlibris, Corp .


  1. ^ Biography of Samuel Epstein
  2. ^ UIC School of Public Health faculty & staff, retrieved 2009-12-13.
  3. ^ Right Livelihood Award 1998: Samuel Epstein (USA), retrieved 2009-12-13.
  4. ^ About the author, from The Politics of Cancer Revisited
  5. ^ Cohn, D'Vera (April 6, 1989), "Pesticide Fears Leave Pair A House That's Not Home;Virginia Couple Stay in Backyard Trailer", Washington Post 
  6. ^ "Growing a baby? Grow green!", Today, MSNBC, April 9, 2008 . Excerpt from Green Babies, Sage Moms by Lynda Fassa.
  7. ^ Blitman, Judy (August 8, 1973), "Food and Health Experts Warn Against Bringing Home the Bacon", New York Times 
  8. ^ Condor, Bob (June 11, 2000), "Taking saccharin off the carcinogen list strikes a sour note", Chicago Tribune 
  9. ^ Brody, Jane E. (December 21, 1971), "Drink Preservative Found To Produce a Carcinogen", New York Times 
  10. ^ Brody, Jane E. (January 21, 1973), "Group of Scientists Warns Against Ending Ban on Cancer-Causing Food Additives", New York Times 
  11. ^ "Book on unsafe products attacked by the FDA", Chicago Tribune, September 22, 1995 
  12. ^ Samuel S. Epstein Papers 1957-2007, National Library of Medicine 

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